Mary Elizabeth McComas Piano Scholarship


The Mary Elizabeth McComas Scholarship is provided to enable graduate students, specialising in piano, to undertake overseas poststudies at one of the major piano-teaching academies or universities overseas.  A preference is given towards European institutions, however, any institution outside of Australia is permitted. This scholarship is open to all piano graduates from BMus or equivalent courses provided at Australian Universities.


The value of the scholarship offered will depend on the proposal provided by the applicant.  Indicative value of up to $50,000 per annum for 2 years.   The amount of funding provided is at the discretion of the Trustees.  Funds will be provided over two years, on the condition the recipient carries out the proposed course of study satisfactorily. Regular progress updates will be required to present to the Trustees to release payment instalments.

Open and closing dates

Applications are now closed.

Applicants can expect to receive an outcome by the end of June. It will be next open for application in March 2020.

Criteria and eligibility

Candidates for the scholarship must:

  • have graduated or be eligible to graduate, in any undergraduate or postgraduate course in Music at an Australian University OR be currently enrolled in a course of Music as postgraduate student at an Australian University;
  • be intending to enroll for a postgraduate place in a piano-teaching institution outside of Australia OR intend to secure private tuition with an approved piano teacher outside of Australia;
  • be an Australian citizen; and
  • attach transcripts or other evidence of their achievement as a pianist.

Selection process

Applications will be assessed by the selection committee on the basis of:

  • artistic and merit, as demonstrated by previous academic achievement (VCE or equivalent; other tertiary results) and CV; 
  • career aspirations (addressed through questions in the application process); 
  • travel and study plan (outlining teacher/masterclass/tertiary intentions; detailed budget requirements; letters of support; etc); and
  • likely success in completing the proposed course of study / benefitting from the travel plan (addressed through questions in the application process). 

The Dean, on the recommendation of the graduate committee, will approve the receipients, who will be notified via post of the outcome. All other unsuccessful receipients will be emailed.

Additional requirements

To accept this scholarship, successful recipients are required to write a letter of thanks and provide an artistic biography for the donors or trustees. On occasion recipients will be contacted to provide a progress report.

How to apply

Refer to the Open and Closing Dates section above for the applications link.    The link will only be visible during the application period.

The application will require personal information, including course and year level, and some questions addressing the selection criteria listed above. You will be required to attach some documents, such as CV and academic transcript and, where relevant, there will be the option to include any support material that gives weight to your application. Where financial need is a consideration, you'll also be asked to provide an estimate of your budget for the year ahead.